I just watched some of the previews on YouTube.
As an Appalachian hillbilly, I'm 50% disgusted, and 50% that'll keep the city folk on pavement;D
I cringed when I saw the "Moonshiners" show. It reminds me of Hollywood when they started shooting their first westerns, where the start wore heavy make-up, and the acting was over the top. Johnny Goodguy could only wear a white hat, etc. Westerns then were a characteriture (sp) of the true west. That's what these programs are to me. They seem like people with no clue who we are, or who our people have been, but complete outsiders, dressing in over-alls and pretending to be hillbilly. They claim to be telling the "inside" story of people that they have no clue about.
The only recent show that had any kind of resonance is called "hillbilly blood" and the plot and episode development are weak at best. My only reason for giving it any credit is that I think most of the local folk that the 2 "stars" are interacting with might be at least a little genuine. And the theme that it deals with, ( hillbilly ingenuity and ability to create) is a true thing. I can't tell you some of the crazy inventions I have seen, but were just making do with what was on hand. So in this regard, hillbilly blood does at least try to tell something true, even if it does a poor job of it.
The rest of these shows are so sadly fake, they are pathetic.